He’s a radio and TV host, a restaurant critic, food writer, comedian…a husband, a father…
He is across so much. And yet he found some time to sit down with me to talk about how he fits everything in and why he does it and how it’s all happened for him.
Now, I ‘work’ with Jesse; in that I appear on his RNZ show once a month or so and talk music – you can click here to find our conversations and my reviews.
But I had only met him one other time, and briefly. I had reviewed the Prince concert live on air in Auckland and spoke with Jesse in person then. Usually when I’m doing radio with him he’s in Auckland and I’m in Wellington.
I had wanted to podcast with him for a while and he remembered that and remained keen – so when I went up to Auckland recently to review the Bob Dylan gig for RNZ he found some time ahead of that to sit down and talk shop – and life – with me.
We talked about his time working in commercial radio and graduating up through the comedy ranks from open-mic nights to writing for TV’s Seven Days. From there to being a panellist and then his time on TVNZ’s show, Seven Sharp.
He’s still writing restaurant reviews, will occasionally take a job as an after-dinner speaker or compere and he finds plenty of time for his family; his wife and three children.
It was great to talk comedy influences and writing focus with Jesse; great to find out more about what drives the man. He’s fantastic to work with – I’ve clocked up something like three years of talking to him on radio and I always enjoy it. And it was a pleasure to spend an hour or so finding out – in a behind-the-scenes kind of way how and why he does what he does.
I hope you enjoy hearing this conversation.